Canton police dog nabs wanted man hiding in stranger’s home

Police say the suspect led them on a lengthy chase Tuesday evening.

CANTON  Police chased a man through a northeast Canton neighborhood “for a lengthy time period” before he ran into a stranger’s home to hide, according to Stark County Jail records.

Jihad S. St. John, 24, listed in jail records as homeless, was arrested at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the home on Correll Avenue NE.

Police say that St. John spotted them in the area and, knowing he was wanted by the law, ran. Jail records show he was wanted on a felony domestic violence warrant.

The jail records listed no time period for the chase, other than to say it was a long time.

Lt. Dennis Garren, police spokesman, said officer Dave Samuels and his K-9 partner, Bas, were called in to assist.

Details of the apprehension were not listed, but Garren said St. John was taken to Aultman Hospital before he was taken to jail.

St. John was arrested on that warrant and on charges of burglary, resisting arrest and obstructing official business.

St. John remained behind bars Wednesday, held in lieu of $100,750 bond pending a Canton Municipal Court hearing.

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